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Links for 2016-12-06

Ask HN: Best current model routers for OpenWRT, DD-WRT, Tomato, etc.? good hardware recommendations (tags: routers hardware wifi ap)

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Links for 2016-12-05

A Yale history professor’s 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency — Quartz Good advice — let’s hope it doesn’t come to this. Example: ’17. Watch out for the paramilitaries: When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and […]

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Links for 2016-12-03

Hi-tech caves bring prehistoric Sistine chapel back to life ooh, Lascaux 4 is finally opening: St-Cyr added: “It’s impossible for anyone to see the original now, but this is the next best thing. What is lost in not having the real thing is balanced by the fact people can see so much more of the […]

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Links for 2016-12-02

Contactless credit cards vulnerable to a range of scams Johanson said it’s possible to use an RFID “gate antenna” — two electronic readers spanning a doorway, similar to the anti-theft gates in retail stores — to scan the credit cards of people passing through.  With enough high-powered gates installed at key doorways in a city or across the […]

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Links for 2016-11-30

Developer Preview – EC2 Instances (F1) with Programmable Hardware this is frankly amazing. Elastic FPGAs! (tags: fpga hardware coding aws ec2) HiFime Sabre 9018 USB DAC USB DAC strongly recommended by Soren Ragsdale — EUR66 (tags: usb dac music audio hardware recommendations tips toget)

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Links for 2016-11-29

Trump’s lies have a purpose. They are an assault on democracy Donald Trump’s media strategy as a form of Surkovian control via post-truth ‘destabilised perception’, through deliberate flooding with fake news: By attacking the very notion of shared reality, the president-elect is making normal democratic politics impossible. When the truth is little more than an […]

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Links for 2016-11-28

PayWave & PayPass deletion via RFID antenna kill remove RFID from a payment card with a single drilled hole (tags: rfid banking cards debit-cards credit-cards) Fast Forward Labs: Probabilistic Data Structure Showdown: Cuckoo Filters vs. Bloom Filters Nice comparison of a counting Bloom filter and a Cuckoo Filter, implemented in Python: This post provides an update […]

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Links for 2016-11-24

We planned for Brexit at Football Manager. So why did no one else? | Miles Jacobson | Opinion | The Guardian Football Manager includes what is effectively a parallel universe, so they modelled the effects of Brexit on the UK Premier League: ‘In my own current “save”, Brexit kicked in at the end of season […]

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Links for 2016-11-22

Syscall Auditing at Scale auditd -> go-audit -> elasticsearch at Slack (tags: elasticsearch auditd syscalls auditing ops slack) Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking Eir ship vulnerable firmware images AGAIN. ffs (tags: eircom eir fail firmware security zyxel d1000 tr-064) “Solving Imaginary Scaling Issues” … “At Scale” […]

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Links for 2016-11-21

Dynamically Scale Applications on Amazon EMR with Auto Scaling good call — new EMR feature (tags: emr scaling autoscaling asg aws ops) [email protected] – Time Travel and the TARDIS LMAX’ approach to acceptance/system-testing time-dependent code. We are doing something similar in Swrve too, so finding that LMAX have taken a similar approach is a great […]

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Links for 2016-11-18

Simple Queue Service FIFO Queues with Exactly-Once Processing & Deduplication great, I’ve looked for this so many times. Only tricky limit I can spot is the 300 tps limit, and it’s US-East/US-West only for now (tags: fifo queues queueing architecture aws sqs) “Get In Control Of Your Workflows With Airflow” good intro to Airflow usage […]

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Links for 2016-11-17

Julia Evans reverse engineers Skyliner.io simple usage of Docker, blue/green deploys, and AWS ALBs (tags: docker alb aws ec2 blue-green-deploys deployment ops tools skyliner via:jgilbert) IPBill ICRs are the perfect material for 21st-century blackmail ICRs are the perfect material for blackmail, which makes them valuable in a way that traditional telephone records are not. And […]

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Links for 2016-11-16

Docklands Print Commission 2016: Colin Martin I love Colin’s work. just may spring for this one (tags: colin-martin art prints etchings dublin history vinyl)

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Links for 2016-11-09

Pure Pharmacy a low-cost online vendor in Ireland, recommended by @irldexter on ITS (along with webdoctor.ie): ‘For basic consultations I halved the cost €55 to engage a GP with https://www.webdoctor.ie/ down to €25 (for limited domains) and after paying €8.48 and €9.48 respectively for a Ventolin inhaler, I now get them for €3.50 at http://www.purepharmacy.ie/ […]

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Links for 2016-11-08

Rents dwarf Celtic Tiger era with ‘disastrous effect’ on society “The scale of the challenge here remains depressing,” says the report. “It has never been viable to build apartment blocks in the vast majority of this country.” […] The report notes that the rise in living costs of almost three quarters in less than five […]

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Links for 2016-11-07

Tesco Bank: 20,000 customers lose money – BBC News “Any financial loss that results from this fraudulent activity will be borne by the bank,” Mr Higgins said. “Customers are not at financial risk.” Well, that would be surprising…. (tags: tesco banking fraud security hacks uk) When choosing where to locate its new data centre, Apple […]

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Links for 2016-11-05

Jeff Erickson’s Algorithms, Etc. This page contains lecture notes and other course materials for various algorithms classes I have taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The notes are numbered in the order I cover the material in a typical undergraduate class, wtih notes on more advanced material (indicated by the symbol ?) interspersed appropriately. […]

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Links for 2016-11-04

How Macedonia Became A Global Hub For Pro-Trump Misinformation – BuzzFeed News “I started the site for a easy way to make money,” said a 17-year-old who runs a site [from Veles] with four other people. “In Macedonia the economy is very weak and teenagers are not allowed to work, so we need to find […]

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Links for 2016-11-03

Stealth Cell Tower ‘an antagonistic GSM base station [disguised] in the form of an innocuous office printer. It brings the covert design practice of disguising cellular infrastructure as other things – like trees and lamp-posts – indoors, while mimicking technology used by police and intelligence agencies to surveil mobile phone users.’ (tags: gsm hardware art privacy […]

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Links for 2016-11-02

DST breaks everything LOL as DST bug uncovers spurious automated noise complaints: In January last year the airport unearthed a scheme whereby campaigners were using automated software to generate complaints against the airport. Officials caught out the set-up when the two anti-Heathrow enthusiasts forgot to take into account the hour going back in October, and […]

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Links for 2016-11-01

Total Nightmare: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 the coming incompatibility nightmare of USB-C cabling (tags: usb usb-c thunderbolt apple cables hardware confusion) Amazon ElastiCache for Redis Update – Sharded Clusters, Engine Improvements, and More | AWS Blog Elasticache now supports sharding (tags: elasticache sharding storage aws databases redis ops) The Square Root Staffing Law The square […]

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Links for 2016-10-31

Here’s Why Facebook’s Trending Algorithm Keeps Promoting Fake News – BuzzFeed News Kalina Bontcheva leads the EU-funded PHEME project working to compute the veracity of social media content. She said reducing the amount of human oversight for Trending heightens the likelihood of failures, and of the algorithm being fooled by people trying to game it. […]

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Links for 2016-10-28

Mountain Munchkins ‘Outdoor Kit for Mini Adventurers’ — kids outdoor gear, recommended by tyndyll on ITS (tags: clothing jackets kids children shopping outdoor)

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Links for 2016-10-27

seriot.ch – Parsing JSON is a Minefield ???? Crockford chose not to version [the] JSON definition: ‘Probably the boldest design decision I made was to not put a version number on JSON so there is no mechanism for revising it. We are stuck with JSON: whatever it is in its current form, that’s it.’ Yet […]

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Links for 2016-10-25

Founder of Google X has no concept of how machine learning as policing tool risks reinforcing implicit bias This is shocking: At the end of the panel on artificial intelligence, a young black woman asked [Sebastian Thrun, CEO of the education startup Udacity, who is best known for founding Google X] whether bias in machine […]

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Links for 2016-10-24

Paypal 2FA Bypass Holy shit. Using a proxy, remove “securityQuestion0” and “securityQuestion1” from the post data. Massive facepalm. (tags: paypal 2fa security fail web html) ArquitecturB amazing architectural-oddities Tumblr (via Present and Correct) (tags: tumblr art photography architecture weird odd) Management levels I’ve had the privilege of experiencing a few different management levels (responsibilities? jobs?) […]

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Links for 2016-10-21

50% of American Adults Are in Police Facial-Recognition Databases holy crap this is going to be a serious problem (tags: facial-recognition ml algorithms policing us-politics future dystopia) Danger is Everwhere Docter Noel Zone Halloween costume may need this, depending on kiddie preferences this year ;) (tags: noel-zone danger-is-everywhere books costumes halloween) A Guide to Communication, […]

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Links for 2016-10-20

Cloudy Gamer: Playing Overwatch on Azure’s new monster GPU instances pretty amazing. full 60FPS, 2560×1600, everything on Epic quality, streaming from Azure, for $2 per hour (tags: gaming azure games cloud gpu overwatch streaming) Anti-Brexit traitors outed on twitter oh god this is funny. Louise Mensch and various UKIPpers fall for transparent pisstake involving “taking […]

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Links for 2016-10-19

Sean O’Dowd on Twitter: “damn someone at apple needs a hug” stack trace leads with a symbol called “_thereIsNoSadnessLikeTheDeathOfOptimism” (tags: stack-traces apple funny lol optimism naming) Best practices with Airflow interesting presentation describing how to architect Airflow ETL setups; see also https://gtoonstra.github.io/etl-with-airflow/principles.html (tags: etl airflow batch architecture systems ops)

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Links for 2016-10-18

_Airport Noise NIMBYism: An Empirical Investigation_ ‘Generally, a very small number of people account for a disproportionately high share of the total number of noise complaints. In 2015, for example, 6,852 of the 8,760 complaints submitted to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport originated from one residence in the affluent Foxhall neighborhood of northwest Washington, DC. […]

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Links for 2016-10-17

ETL best practices with Airflow good advice on how to ETL (tags: etl airflow documentation best-practices batch architecture) New Scientist: Home abortions are safe – we should let women do it themselves the Women on Web approach is backed by a column in New Scientist: ‘It’s also safer than many other medicines that we are […]

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Links for 2016-10-14

What $50 buys you at Huaqiangbei, the world’s most fascinating electronics market This is amazing — what a wonderland! For instance: Six dollars for: a GSM chipset, a CPU, an LCD screen, a battery, a PCB, a metal housing, a molded silicone watch band, a MicroUSB cable, and a box. And the labor to assemble […]

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Links for 2016-10-13

Individual children’s details passed to Home Office for immigration purposes | UK news | The Guardian The UK’s version of the POD database project was used by the Home Office to track immigrants for various reasons — in other words, exactly the reasons why parents will choose not to provide that data (tags: parents databases […]

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Links for 2016-10-12

The “Alpha Wolf” notion is outmoded and incorrect via Saladin Ahmed — the scientist who coined the term abandoned it as useless years ago: The concept of the alpha wolf is well ingrained in the popular wolf literature at least partly because of my book “The Wolf: Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species,” written […]

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Links for 2016-10-11

Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen “Chinese internet giant Tencent” have been granted a USPTO patent for drawing a box on a screen. (tags: boxes screen tencent patents uspto funny absurd swpats via:markdennehy) Stephen Coutts – Irexit by Default? The Maintenance of Open Borders and Constitutional Realignment in the event of […]

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Links for 2016-10-10

Batsh!t Britain’s Brexit Border Blues Good blog post on the insane plan mooted by the UK to push their border controls to the Republic of Ireland’s ports (tags: borders uk brexit ireland politics)

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Links for 2016-10-07

How Fucked Up is Your Management? Oh dear. Score 1 “My management culture is fucked up” point for each of the following: We have an unlimited vacation policy; We don’t do regular 1:1s, but we have open office hours/are super available if anyone wants to chat; We don’t have a process for interviewing, we just […]

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Links for 2016-10-06

Simple testing can prevent most critical failures Specifically, the following 3 classes of errors were implicated in 92% of the major production outages in this study and could have been caught with simple code review: Error handlers that ignore errors (or just contain a log statement); error handlers with “TODO” or “FIXME” in the comment; and […]

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Links for 2016-10-05

We are witnessing nothing less than a Tory reformation | Rafael Behr | Opinion | The Guardian An excellent explanation of what is going on in the UK right now. What a nightmare: Finally there are the self-styled buccaneers of the free-trade seas. Boris Johnson would probably cast himself as Sir Walter Raleigh – polymath, […]

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Links for 2016-10-04

Charity Majors responds to the CleverTap Mongo outage war story This is a great blog post, spot on: You can’t just go “dudes it’s faster” and jump off a cliff.  This shit is basic.  Test real production workloads. Have a rollback plan.  (Not for *10 days* … try a month or two.) The only thing I’d […]

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